Stories for May 2002


Wednesday, May 29

OSAA saga takes one more twist

The twisting legal path that is spelled OSAA took another odd turn last week for Hood River County School District.

HR library makes move

County shelves books in new building

County shelves books in new building

Buckle Up

Teens more likely to die in cars

Teens more likely to die in cars

Care Center decks out

Family and friends honored the memory of former Hood River Care Center resident Dottie Blake Friday afternoon during a ceremony dedicating the Center’s new deck.

Openings remain with Bravissimo arts camp

There are still remaining spaces open for Bravissimo! Columbia Gorge Music and Arts Camp, June 17-21. The camp is aimed at kids in grades 6-9 and previous music experience is not necessary. Students at the camp will have the opportunity to study instrumental and choral music with teachers from around the state in a relaxed, fun camp atmosphere.

Snowboarder falls to death on first summit attempt

A Timberline Lodge employee fell to his death on Friday while snowboarding on the northeast face of Mt. Hood.

Maintain valley's grace for caretakers unborn


Letters - May 29

‘Wrong messenger’

Letters - May 25

Disgusting game

Summer Camps

Opportunities abound for local kids this summer

Opportunities abound for local kids this summer

The end of an era

Japanese maple and other plantings, new pumps, and a lofty canopy mark big changes at Nobi’s Corner, a landmark business on Tucker Road.

Tuesday, May 28

Memorial Day at Idlewild

Somber tribute draws large crowd

Somber tribute draws large crowd

Schock, York win board seats in county elections

The Hood River County Commission will have a new chairman at the head of the table next January, with Rodger Schock ousting incumbent John Arens by a 12 percent margin in Tuesday’s primary.

Schools prepare for additional budget cuts

The May 21 defeat of Ballot Measure 13 and budget shortfalls have forced school districts throughout the state to scramble to find cuts in budgets.

Wal-Mart foe Norman visits HR this week

Al Norman, a nationally recognized defender of locally-owned business, will debate a spokeswoman for Wal-Mart Corporation and lead Hood River residents in wrapping “Arms Around Our Town” during a two-day visit Thursday and Friday.

Team Karma blisters course

Adventure racing team, led by former HR resident Nelson Snyder, finishes second longest adventure race in history.

Adventure racing team, led by former HR resident Nelson Snyder, finishes second longest adventure race in history.

Paul encounters an unfamiliar state

Junior runner takes fourth place in 3,000 and fifth in the 1,500 meters at state

Junior runner takes fourth place in 3,000 and fifth in the 1,500 meters at state

Hershey track meet sends locals to state

HOOD RIVER — Young track athletes from all over the Gorge raced into Henderson Stadium Tuesday for the first stage of the Hershey Track and Field series.

Residents Committee lawsuit dismissed

Hood River Circuit Court Judge Donald Hull has dismissed the lawsuit filed against the county and Mt. Hood Meadows, Ltd., over a timber land exchange.

Tribe says 'yes' to Gorge casino

With a strong voice the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs gave a resounding “yes” this week for siting a casino somewhere in the Columbia River Gorge.

Sports briefs

Nike ACG joins 2002 Gorge Games

Wednesday, May 22

HRV bats silent in first-round loss

Team records just one basehit in 4-0 setback to Forest Grove

Team records just one basehit in 4-0 setback to Forest Grove

Classic Horse Show returns to Mt. Hood

The Hood River Classic Hunter/Jumper Horse Show returns for the 11th time Wednesday through Sunday, June 12-16. One of the most popular and prestigious shows of its kind in the Northwest, the Classic will draw more than 400 of the region’s top hunter/jumpers to the site, near the community of Mt. Hood, at Jensen Mills Meadow in the heart of the Hood River Valley.

Sports briefs

Track meets to be held at HRVHS

Letters -- May 22

Festival kudos

Nearly 5,000 attend three-day festival in Hood River

The biggest pantry around.

Meadows reports record numbers

Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort reported Monday that it exceeded 400,000 skier visits for the first time in its 34-year history this season.

Michaels, Rhythm Culture at Grill

While Hood River Inn's special event featuring Paul deLay is going on in the Gorge Room, The Geno Michaels Trio lays down the grooves at the Grill this Friday. The group features Geno Michaels on piano and Hammond B-3 organ, Ted Swenson on bass, and Ed Pierce on drums. The trio will show its versatility with performances of soul, funk, jazz, and R&B numbers. Rhythm Culture returns to the Grill for a two-day engagement on Saturday and Sunday. The group plays original reggae music infused with blues and jazz. Rhythm Culture is led by vocalist/drummer/composer Bryan Mecurius. Music starts at 9 p.m. and is free to the public.

Oates, Emmerson lack rhythm at state

PORTLAND — Tennis is a game of ups and downs, and unfortunately for HRV’s top doubles team, last Friday was a down day at the Portland Tennis Club.

Pear and Wine Festival continues to grow in Hood River

The rhyme is a new slogan of the Northwest Pear Bureau, the name sponsor of the Pear and Wine Festival.

The New Heroes

Memorial Day gains tragic dimension

Memorial Day gains tragic dimension

Police dish out ice cream awards

Young bikers and skateboarders in Hood River can enjoy a free ice cream cone for practicing safe riding habits.

Community choir pays tribute

Special Memorial Day event honors those who gave their lives in service

Special Memorial Day event honors those who gave their lives in service

Refining interests defined busy school year

“What did your senior year mean to you?” Four high school seniors from Hood River County will write about this question between now and graduation day in “View from ‘02” First up is Sarah Fix who worked as a news intern this year. Sarah and her classmates will graduate June 7. — Editor

Stonehedge Gardens offers a getaway without leaving town

Mike Caldwell shakes his head as he sits on a terrace of the vast and multi-leveled patio of Stonehedge Gardens, one of three Hood River restaurants he and his wife, Shawna, own.

HRVHS scholar turns page to new adventure in D.C.

Sophomore Graham Hay got sent to the principal’s office one day last week — to meet his congressman about his summer job.

Paul deLay band blowout at Inn

Paul deLay Band appears this Friday in a performance at the Gorge Room at Hood River Inn. A large dance floor and a no-host bar set the party atmosphere.

Gutzler wins Spring Handicap by two strokes

HOOD RIVER — Susan Gutzler fired a cool round of 70 last Thursday at Indian Creek Golf Course to win the annual Spring Handicap tournament.

Murphy graduates to state

AURORA — HRV senior Andy Murphy capped his high-school golfing career May 13-14 when he competed at the OSAA/U.S. Bank State Golf Championships at Langdon Farms Golf Course.

Port faces funding dilemma over bridge work

The Port of Hood River is facing a dilemma over when to undertake a major redecking project on its aging toll bridge.

Slack-key guitar champ plays benefit

One of the world’s top slack-key guitar artists, George Kahumoku Jr., will perform June 8 at the Hood River Middle School auditorium. Tickets are $18 in advance, $10 for people under 21 and free to kids under 10. Tickets are available at Waucoma Bookstore or from members of Citizens for Responsible Growth. Call concert organizer Maui Meyer at 386-2330.

TOP Soccer attracts scores of players

HOOD RIVER — Few people unfamiliar with soccer realize how unifying and edifying the game can be — especially for young children. But the word is quickly getting out.

Monday, May 20

Hood River's Scott Woolums summits Mt. Everest

Hood River mountaineer Scott Woolums reached the summit of Mt. Everest Thursday morning at about 10:45 a.m. Nepal time. While standing on the top of the highest mountain in the world — at 29,035 feet — he took time to call home on his satellite phone.

HRV frosh softball rolls to 19-2 finish

While the HRV varsity softball team was garnering most of the attention this season for its state playoff run, another Eagle team was busy dismantling the Mt. Hood Conference in its own right.

Sharing the American baseball culture

Sports commentary -- Part 2 of "A game unlike any other"

Sports commentary -- Part 2 of "A game unlike any other"

Sports briefs

Hukari cashes in on 200th win

Hidle, Paul perform great, blaze to state

GRESHAM — All season long, it appeared that Anna Hidle was holding something back.

Luhr Jensen slapped with $66,000 fine

A Hood River company that prides itself on being environmentally friendly has been fined $66,354 for violations of Oregon’s hazardous waste and water quality rules.

Mr. HRV delights a full house

Mamas, don’t let your babies grow up to be cowboys. But if they do, they just might become Mr. HRV.

Wednesday, May 15

Lifeguard training offered at Aquatic Center

The Hood River Parks and Recreation District will offer an American Red Cross lifeguard training course.

ODOT runs into scenic roadblock with commission

The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) has hit a roadblock for installation of a concrete safety barrier along a hazardous section of Interstate 84.

Letters - May 11

Tree sale succeeded

School district eyes changes to Cascade Locks High School

This year’s juniors might be the last students to graduate from Cascade Locks High School.

Programs needed for cleaner orchard heating


U.S. goals should embody peace, justice


Illegal voting brings fines, penalties

Last fall’s conviction of a Hood River resident for election fraud has underscored the seriousness of casting an illegal vote.

School district eyes changes for Cascade Locks High School

This year’s juniors might be the last students to graduate from Cascade Locks High School. Declining enrollment in Cascade Locks and growing student numbers at Hood River Valley High School suggest the need to examine whether or not to keep Cascade Locks a K-12 school, Superintendent Jerry Sessions said this week. The district has begun studying the idea of changing the school to a kindergarten-through-eighth grade facility, effective in 2003-04. CLHS students would attend Hood River Valley High School or regional community colleges. “We need to start a conversation about the future of Cascade Locks High School,” Sessions said. “We are not talking about closing the school; we are committed to keeping a school open in Cascade Locks.” Sessions said he wants the district to reach a decision by March 2003, when the schools’ funding picture for the next year is known. In what is the start of an extended discussion, Sessions and first-year principal Chris Daniels met with a group of a dozen Cascade Locks citizens Tuesday to discuss what he acknowledges would involve a major change for the Cascade Locks community. “We want input from the community,” Sessions said. He appears likely to receive it. “To the residents of Cascade Locks the closing of the high school is not feasible and not desirable,” said Dr. Robin Voetterl, a Cascade Locks resident who is helping facilitate discussions with the district. “In our minds there is no question. It is a moot suggestion and we are going to work as hard as we can with the county and the city and the school district staff and our own staff to make sure that doesn’t happen,” said Voetterl (pronounced va-TEL). Sessions said the idea of making Cascade Locks K-8 arises from fiscal reality, given the disparate class sizes at the two high schools. Class sizes average about 11 students at CLHS, compared with about 28 at HRVHS. HRVHS will lose 2.33 teaching positions in 2002-03 if the proposed budget is approved next month. Under the proposed budget Cascade Locks’ teaching staff would lose one-half a position, at the elementary level. Sessions said that because of state graduation requirements, CLHS staffing could not be reduced. Sessions said a number of options are open to consideration, including going to a K-10 enrollment at Cascade Locks, and allowing students to take classes at Mt. Hood Community College or Columbia Gorge Community College. The future of Cascade Locks School will be discussed in the school band room on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m., during a meeting of an existing visioning group for the school. The group includes students and community members, Sessions said.

Major Leagues support local team

The 13-year-old Masonic Lodge Padres of the Babe Ruth youth baseball league received a welcome surprise before Wednesday night’s game at Collins Field.

Community policing gets underway

Hood River City Police Chief Tony Dirks is pleased that, after less than one year, his vision for a community policing program has hit the road.

Yes on 13

Schools need even short-term help

Schools need even short-term help

Entertainment briefs 5/15

Home Grown music debuts Saturday

Tuesday, May 14

State board of Education asks to meet with OSAA officials

Hood River Valley High School is still in the ballgame to stop a sports redistricting that would lower classroom time and hike transportation costs.

Benton takes 8th place to lead HRV girls

PORTLAND — Senior Susie Benton led six HRV girls golfers at the 2002 district match, held Monday and Tuesday at Glendoveer Golf Course.

Murphy leads HRV golfers to fifth at district

WELCHES — Some days, you just don’t have it. And then there are days you think you don’t have it but actually do.

Special Olympics softball underway

THE DALLES — As the high-school baseball and softball seasons wind down, another group of local ballplayers is just getting started.

HRV baseball finishes on somber note

PORTLAND — Looking to snap a six-game skid and preserve a measure of pride for the seniors, the HRV baseball team took on Parkrose in its final game of the season last Friday.

Sports briefs

McIsaac’s remains undefeated

HRV softball travels to Forest Grove Friday

HOOD RIVER — Already assured of a playoff spot, the HRV softball team had very little on the line Friday for its final league contest against Parkrose.

GIrls doubles teams rally at district

PORTLAND — The HRV girls tennis team completed the 2002 season on a melancholy note at this week’s district match.

Pear variations

Local flavors gain a regional seasoning at this weekend's festival

Local flavors gain a regional seasoning at this weekend's festival

Lacrosse loses its grip on playoffs

PORTLAND — The lacrosse playoffs came down to the last game of the season for HRV, but according to coach Chris Kelly, it didn’t have to.

A game unlike any other

Sports commentary

Sports commentary

Student wins national Latin exam

The Hood River Chapter of the National Junior Classical League recently announced the results of the 2002 National Latin Exam. The exam tests not only knowledge of the Latin language, but also understanding of Roman history and mythology. This is the second year the exam has been administered to students in the Mid-Columbia. Six local students took the examination in March and all of them placed in the national competition.

Wednesday, May 8

Crossing America for a cause

What would it take for you to walk across the United States?

Letters - May 8

Great jazz music

HRV lacrosse rips Lincoln, but slips vs. OES

HOOD RIVER — Teams often play their best when something is on the line, whether it’s homecoming, pride or a division title.

Candidates take stands on issues as May 21 election approaches

The four Hood River County Commission candidates in two contested races recently sat down to answer, in their own words, six questions posed by the News. Following are answers by John Arens and Rodger Shock, contenders for the at-large chair position, and Carol York and Ladd Henderson, who are both vying for the District 1 seat:

Playoffs still no guarantee for HRV

Softball team needs to win two of last three to be assured state playoff berth

Softball team needs to win two of last three to be assured state playoff berth

Budget cuts scare teachers

School counselor among those losing jobs

School counselor among those losing jobs

HRV baseball drops fourth straight

PORTLAND — The midseason freefall continued for the HRV baseball team Friday as it lost a lopsided 10-0 decision to Central Catholic.

Monday, May 6

In Nepal, HR climbers prepare for Mt. Everest

“We’re all tucked in here at Camp 2, getting ready to go up to Camp 3 at over 23,500 feet tomorrow for a couple nights. This is our final acclimatization trip before the summit attempt. After this we’ll go back down for a good long rest after spending over 12 nights above base camp.”

Give and take:The soft touch of CranialSacral Therapy

Five grams of pressure is all it takes. The weight of a nickel.

Tribe announces May 21 casino vote

The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs will vote on May 21 about whether to move ahead with a proposed plan to build a casino in the Gorge.

Candidates talk casino, local economy

Serious debate was laced with political humor during a forum for Hood River County Commission candidates on Wednesday evening at Cascade Locks City Hall.

Wednesday, May 1

Snowfest benefit

Local photographer Richard Hallman will be hosting Snow Fest 2002 on Thursday at the Skylight Theater and Pub. The 7 p.m. show will feature Hallman’s skiing, snowboarding and scenery images from Sun Valley, Idaho; Snowbird and Salt Lake, Utah; Jackson Hole, Wyo.; Mt. Hood Meadows and Valdez, Alaska. There will be a $5 cover at the door, with raffle and door prizes. All proceeds go to the “Trauma Nurses Talk Tough Program,” which educates kids K-12 on safety and awareness.

Letters April 27

Win with Wal-Mart

Letters -- May 1

Avoiding ‘green’

Rotary Skatepark officially on course

Skateboarders from all over Oregon — even from as far away as Milwaukee, Wisc. — turned out in droves Saturday, April 21, to help Hood River Parks and Recreation and the local Rotary chapter officially open the new skate course at 20th and Wasco streets.

Entertainment briefs -- May 1

Jaka plays two nights at River City


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